Chris Anderson's Blog – September 2011 Archive (25)

ArduCopter and Blue Angels at 3D Robotics HQ

One of the cool things about the 3D Robotics factory in San Diego is that it's near the Naval air station and there are a load of cool military aircraft flying by all the time. Today, the Blue Angels were practicing while the 3D Robotics team was testing some new ArduCopter hardware. 

 

(via 3D Robotics…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

How to contribute to a DIY Drones project?

One of the biggest challenges in an open source development project is getting the "architecture of participation" right. Like a great game, contributing should be easy to pick up but hard to master, giving people of all skills and experience an opportunity to engage. Right now we have scores of developers working…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 5:00pm — 29 Comments

PhoneDrone Android board finally in production!

The 3D Robotics PhoneDrone Android/RC interface board is finally in production! Pre-orders are starting now and it will ship on Oct 17th. From the product listing:

 

It's a way to connect any…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 29, 2011 at 9:57am — 29 Comments

3D printer-ready file of an ArduCopter sonar mount

Spotted on Thingverse, uploaded by Jag.…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2011 at 8:40pm — 11 Comments

iBird Autonomous Ornithopter

More goodness from UC Berkeley: iBird, a robotic ornithopter that can fly towards shiny targets. Starts at 1:31 in the video above (the first part is a cockroach). From Gizmodo.

Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2011 at 3:27pm — 2 Comments

UAV flocking with senseFly

From our Wired Science blog. This team is presenting this week at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco this week. I'm speaking there, too, on…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 27, 2011 at 6:30am — 15 Comments

Choreographed quadcopters

Oh, the things you can do with a Vicon motion capture system and an unlimited research budget! (More coolness from ETH Zurich, via Robots.net)

Added by Chris Anderson on September 24, 2011 at 10:00pm — 15 Comments

Find a drone on the beach? Feel free to keep it!

Via RCG:

 

"Finders, keepers: Marines say people who found military drones on NC beaches can keep them



By Associated Press…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 4:39pm — 6 Comments

Bug bot now semi-autonomous

Just autonomous in the vertical axis so far, but that's progress. From Physorg.com:

 

"With the goal of designing an insect-inspired flying microrobot capable…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 9:16am — No Comments

New version of Google Earth out (6.1)

Not many change of relevence to us, but this is a nice addition: labels…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 6:14am — 1 Comment

GE AirShow (3D printing meets model planes) finale

Last installment of the charming GE ad campaign that combines MakerBots and model airplanes. And this one includes a UAV! All the 3D models will be posted here

Added by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 5:53am — No Comments

Quadcopters landing on quadcopters

More coolness from the UPenn GRASP lab, via IEEE…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 20, 2011 at 10:34am — 10 Comments

Customer service!

Having a problem with your APM? No worries! I'll hop on the next plane and personally come check out your board, wherever you are. It's the least we can do.

 

For example, John Stuart was having trouble…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 18, 2011 at 1:00pm — 22 Comments

ARM Arduino Coming!

Hot off the wires (needless to say, ArduPilot will be part of this. 32-bit, 100Mhz, yum!):

 

Atmel and Arduino Collaborate on

AVR and ARM-based Development Platforms…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2011 at 8:30am — 61 Comments

Quadcopter catch

More goodness from the engineers down the hill from me at UC Berkeley. The quad can see and catch ping pong balls! Life is good if you've got a Vicon motion caption system and an Ascending Technologies quad (ie, a big research budget).

 

From…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2011 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Mission Planner upgrade -- get it for latest firmware

Due to the recent shift from a Subversion to a Git repository, you'll need to use the latest versions of the Mission Planner to ensure that you'll be able to get the latest ArduPlane and ArduCopter firmware. Versions from 1.0.67 up will pull from the correct Git repository. 

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 16, 2011 at 3:30am — 20 Comments

Gorgeous MakerBot exploded view in the New York Times

This is a bit off-topic, but my MakerBots are some of my favorite open source hardware and 3D printers are a cool prototyping tool that we use a lot at 3D Robotics. The New York Times ran a great diagram of how they work today (click for larger size):

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 15, 2011 at 4:39am — 4 Comments

Jumping+gliding robot

From Robots.net:

The explicitly named “Bioinspired Integrated Multi-Modal Locomotion” is a project of Carnegie Mellon’s University,…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2011 at 11:44am — 2 Comments

Upverter, a "GitHub for electronics"

I've been checking out Upverter, which is a YCombinator startup that's aiming to the the "GitHub for electronics" and open source hardware. So far it looks like they're very much on the right track, with excellent social and workflow tools built into a Web-based schematic…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2011 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

Scout UAV for sale now

Look what showed up in my Google ads! The APM-ready Scout UAV carbon fiber quadcopter frame is now available.

 

$360 complete with ESCs, motors and props seems like a very…

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Added by Chris Anderson on September 14, 2011 at 4:47am — 16 Comments

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